#AceNewsReport- May.02: Riot police and plainclothes officers jostled with union leaders and other demonstrators and threw some to the ground before detaining dozens of them near Istanbul’s Taksim Square, Reuters video and images showed.
#CoronavirusNewsDesk – ‘Turkish riot police have arrested over 220-protestors on Saturday at May Day marches according to witnesses’
Reuters Wire News, [May 1, 2021 at 1:12 PM] Turkish police detain hundreds at lockdown May Day marches
The governor’s office said some labour unions were allowed to hold memorials to mark the annual holiday, while others who had “gathered illegally” in violation of the lockdown, and ignored calls to disperse, were detained.
State-owned Anadolu Agency said 20 protestors were also detained in the western city of Izmir.
Turkey this week adopted a 17-day partial lockdown, including stay-home orders and the closure of schools and some businesses, to curb a wave of coronavirus infections.
Local media reported efforts by police in Istanbul and Ankara to block reporters from filming the May Day demonstrations and detentions, with officers citing a new police circular.
On Friday, Turkish media reported that officers were instructed to prevent people from filming or recording security forces on smartphones while they are on duty, a move critics called unlawful and a threat to citizens’ rights.
Turkish police have not commented on the reports.
The DISK press union said on Twitter that journalists filming the May Day events “are being blocked by police,” adding “a police circular cannot prevent” coverage.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: The tolerant political climate under the pretext of freedom of speech has helped far-right sympathizers with violent tendencies expand their support:
Islamophobia tool for Western politicians to cover failure: Erdoğan: Speaking at a meeting with the women’s branch of the Union of International Democrats (UID), a Turkish nongovernmental organization (NGO), in Istanbul, Erdoğan said: “Politicians who fail in foreign policy, get stuck inside and put their personal rivalries before their offices, try to camouflage their inadequacy by attacking myself and Muslims.”
Germany, for instance, has been recording Islamophobic crimes separately since 2017. In 2018, there were 910 incidents, including 48 attacks on mosques alone, a little lower than in 2017 with 1,095 crimes. In 2019, some 871 attacks targeted the Muslim community in Germany, while the 2020 data has not been announced yet.
Every other day throughout the course of 2019, a mosque, an Islamic institution, or a religious representative in Germany was targeted in anti-Muslim attacks. More than 90% of these were attributed to politically motivated crimes by the far-right. Germany is home to 81 million people and the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Of the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, at least 3 million are of Turkish descent.
Islamophobia is being disguised as secularism in France, a French opposition leader had said in criticism of the Emmanuel Macron-led government, which has recently come under fire for policies against French Muslims and just passed an anti-hijab bill.
Under the pretext of the “Islamization” of the countries they live in, racist terrorists switched from attacks on mosques to mass killings. Anders Behring Breivik, who slaughtered 77 people in July 2011 in Norway, is viewed as an inspiration for more attacks that followed. Four years later, Anton Lundin Pettersson, harboring similar views as Breivik, killed four students with immigrant backgrounds in Sweden. In 2016, 10 people were killed in Germany’s Munich in another racist act of terrorism. On Feb. 19, 2020, in the German town Hanau, Tobias Rathjen, a terrorist harboring racist views, gunned down nine people of immigrant backgrounds, including five Turkish nationals, before killing himself. The Hanau attack ignited the debate over the seriousness of far-right terrorist threats often ignored by authorities. It was one of the worst acts of terrorism with racist motives in recent memory.
“Those who are still trying to squeeze the European Turks into the narrow patterns of the 1960s do not want to accept the reality of a growing and strengthening diaspora,” the president continued and gave the example of Uğur Şahin and Özlem Tureci to point at how the times have changed.
“The success achieved by our teachers Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci in developing the COVID-19 vaccine has clearly shown what our people can do if they are supported and given the opportunity,” he said.
Europe, a continent that quickly turned into the epicenter of the pandemic, is scraping through the crisis, as each country fends for itself while the European Union fails to come up with a collective response. Still, the Turkish diaspora on the continent holds onto its determination to overcome the coronavirus outbreak and are making do with what European states have to offer. Longing for their homeland, however, breeds discouragement.
Erdoğan also criticized the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for siding with the West whenever it got the chance.
“We get upset when we see those who come upon us by waving the sword of the infidel in order to oppose us,” he said.
“Turkey’s record and the last 19 years of success, we hit our mark with our women and our young people,” Erdoğan continued.
‘Turkey will defeat pandemic’
As far as the fight against the coronavirus is concerned, the president underlined: “We will hopefully overcome this disease together by following the rules of cleaning, masks and (social) distancing.”
“With Allah’s permission and blessing Turkey will be stronger than the process of this pandemic,” he further added regarding the upcoming period.
“We will continue our fight against the pandemic, taking precautions regardless of the criticism of the ones who see the nation’s distress as a door to political favor.”
A total of 52,676 cases, including 2,497 symptomatic patients, were confirmed across the country, according to the data released by the Ministry of Health on Saturday. A decrease from Friday’s nearly 56,000 cases was due to the reduced mobility thanks to weekend curfews in effect in almost all provinces. Turkey’s overall case tally is over 3.79 million, while the nationwide death toll has reached 33,702, with 248 fatalities over the past day. As many as 32,539 more patients in the country won the battle against the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to over 3.3 million. More than 41.2 million coronavirus tests have been done in Turkey to date, with 302,735 done since Friday.
Since the beginning of the crisis, Erdoğan highlighted, more than 100,000 of Turkish citizens have been brought to Turkey from 142 countries.
Turkey offered free air ambulance services for its citizens across the globe during the pandemic. In April 2020, Emrullah Gülüşken, another COVID-19 patient, was airlifted to Turkey from Sweden where his family claimed he was unable to receive treatment. Turkey also initiated a mass evacuation for citizens stranded abroad. The country also regularly dispatches air ambulances to other countries to transfer coronavirus patients who wish to be treated in Turkey.
Urging Russia, Ukraine to resolve problems
“Yesterday we met with the president of Ukraine. We strive for Russia and Ukraine to resolve their disputes peacefully,” the president also added regarding the recent developments in Ukraine.
“Tensions in eastern Ukraine can be resolved peacefully through dialogue, in line with international law and Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Our primary goal is for the Black Sea region to be a basin of peace,” Erdoğan told a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
He reiterated Turkey’s decision to not recognize the annexation of Crimea, saying that Ankara supports Ukraine’s initiative of the Crimea Platform.
For his part, Zelenskiy said the views of Kyiv and Ankara coincide regarding threats in the region and responses to these threats.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.05: The inferno broke out on the roof, but quickly spread through the building, local media reports: Several explosions have reportedly been heard at the scene, though the cause remains unknown #AceNewsDesk reports
A “large number” of firefighters have been dispatched to the scene. Photos and videos from the scene show thick black smoke and fire engulfing the hospital, while burning siding falls off the building.
The vicinity of the hospital has been cordoned-off by police and several buildings in the area were briefly evacuated, over fears the fire would spread. The blaze has been contained and no one was injured in the incident, according to preliminary reports.
Taksim İlk Yardım Hastanesinde yangın çıkalı birkaç dakika oldu.
Temennimiz sivillerin tamamının önceden boşaltılmış olması.
#AceWorldNews – DAGESTAN: Jan.17: A teenager from Russia’s turbulent southern Dagestan Republic is suspected of carrying out a suicide bombing at a police station in Istanbul’s tourist Sultanahmet Square, which killed one officer and seriously injured another one RT News reported.
Forensic experts in Russia are to compare blood samples from the bomber, believed to be Diana Ramazanova, 18, with those of her mother, to confirm her ID. Ramazanova is believed to have been radicalized after meeting radical Islamists through social networks.
According to Turkish media, she married a Norwegian jihadist of Russian origin and travelled with him through Turkey to Syria, where he joined one of the local militant groups and was killed in December.
#AceWorldNews – ISTANBUL – October 28 – Nineteen miners were trapped on Tuesday after a coal mine in southern Turkey collapsed following a flood inside the mine, local media reported.
Nineteen workers trapped in mine collapse in southern Turkey
Rescue teams and medics were sent to the mine in the town of Ermenek in Karaman province, about 110 km (70 miles) north of Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline.
Media reports said the collapse occurred after water that had built up inside the mine coursed into areas where the workers had been located.
“The water accumulated underground has flooded into the gallery. According to initial reports 25 workers have been saved while 19 workers remain trapped,” Karaman Governor Murat Koca was quoted as saying by Turkey’s Dogan News Agency (DHA).
The flood occurred shortly after midday about 300 meters below ground, DHA said.
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Transport Minister Lutfi Elvan were heading for the mine, local media reported.
#AceNewsServices – ISTANBUL – May 26 – The Istanbul 7th Court of Serious Crimes has ordered the arrest of four Israeli commanders who were allegedly involved in the raid on the Mavi Marmara aid ship off Gaza in 2010, Hurriyet Daily News said.
The court also decided on Monday to request an Interpol Red Notice for the arrest of former Israeli Chief of Staff, Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, former Naval Forces Cmdr. Eliezer Alfred Marom, former Military Intelligence chief Maj.
(Interpol Red Notice)
Gen. Amos Yadlinir and former Air Forces Intelligence head Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi.
They are all being tried in absentia.
Prosecutors have demanded life sentences for the four for their role in the raid following a complaint filed by 33 relatives of the nine Turkish citizens who were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara.
The Gaza flotilla raid was a military operation by Israel against six civilian ships of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” on 31 May 2010 in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea. The flotilla, organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH), was carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials, with the intention of breaking the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.
On 31 May 2010, Israeli Shayetet 13 naval commandos boarded the ships from speedboats and helicopters in order to force the ships to the Israeli port of Ashdod. On the Turkish ship MV Mavi Marmara, according to Israel’s own report, the Israeli Navy faced resistance from about 40 of the 590 passengers, including IHH activists – described in an Israeli report as a separate “hardcore group” – who were said to be armed with iron bars and knives.
During the struggle, nine activists were killed including eight Turkish nationals and one Turkish American, and many were wounded.
According to a UN report, all activist deaths were caused by gunshots, some of them at point blank range or from behind, “execution style”. On May 23, 2014, the tenth victim of Israeli gunshots died in hospital after being in a coma for four years.
Ten of the commandos were also wounded, one of them seriously.
The five other ships in the flotilla employed passive resistance, which was suppressed without major incident, although many of the passengers on board all ships were beaten, some ending up with broken bones.
The ships were towed to Israel, where all passengers were detained and deported.
The raid drew widespread condemnation internationally and resulted in a deterioration of Israel-Turkey relations. Israel consequently eased its blockade on the Gaza Strip, all activists were freed, yet only the Turkish and Greek ships were returned. Israel confiscated and continues to hold the other boats, as well as most of the property (including all media recordings which is vital evidence) of over 700 passengers.
In September, 2010, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) released its report on the Israeli boarding and seizure of the vessels. The report found that the Israeli blockade of Gaza is illegal, and therefore, the boarding and seizure of the vessels was illegal, that the detention of the passengers was illegal,that the confiscation of the passengers’ possessions was illegal and there was wilful killing on the part of the Israeli commandos.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – April 27 – Turkish security forces on Sunday detained an American journalist and two Syrians as they tried to cross a river flowing from Syria into southern Turkey by raft, the army said.
The three were spotted on the Asi river near the border province of Hatay, the army said in a statement, without revealing their identities.
The journalist, said to be 60 years old, was taken to a police station for questioning and then flown to Istanbul for deportation, Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website.
Nothing was immediately known about the fate of the Syrians.
#AceWorldNews – ISTANBUL – April 03 – (HDN) – The Constitutional Court has ordered authorities to unblock Twitter, saying the decision violated the rights of users who had appealed the decision.
Regarding individual complaints, the court has unanimously ruled the ban is a violation of free speech guaranteed by Article 26 of the Constitution. “Everyone has the right to express and disseminate his thoughts and opinion by speech, in writing or in pictures or through other media, individually or collectively,” the article states.
The decision was immediately delivered to the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) and Turkey’s Transport, Maritime and Communication Ministry with the demand that they follow the order. The court also ruled that legal fees be paid to the applicants.
With the ruling, authorities must immediately unblock Twitter in Turkey, according to Metin Feyzioğlu, the president of Turkey’s Bar Associations (TBB), who spoke to daily Hürriyet. “If they don’t abide by the ruling, we will file a criminal complaint against the TİB by attaching the ruling of the Constitutional Court” Feyzioğlu added.
The ruling will also be used as a precedent for similar cases in the future, experts have said. If the court ruling is respected, authorities will not be able to impose blanket bans of this kind.
The individual complaints were separately filed by Ass. Prof. Dr. Kerem Altıparmak, Prof. Dr. Yaman Akdeniz and Sezgin Tanrıkulu, deputy chair of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
The Constitution of The Republic Of Turkey
VIII. Freedom of Expression and Dissemination of Thought
Everyone has the right to express and disseminate his thoughts and opinion by speech, in writing or in pictures or through other media, individually or collectively.
This right includes the freedom to receive and impart information and ideas without interference from official authorities.
This provision shall not preclude subjecting transmission by radio, television, cinema, and similar means to a system of licencing. The exercise of these freedoms may be restricted for the purposes of preventing crime, punishing offenders, withholding information duly classified as a State secret, protecting the reputation and rights and the private and family life of others, or protecting professional secrets as prescribed by law, or ensuring the proper functioning of the judiciary.
No language prohibited by law shall be used in the expression and dissemination of thought. Any written or printed documents, phonograph records, magnetic or video tapes, and other means of expression used in contravention of this provision shall be seized by a duly issued decision of a judge or, in cases where delay is deemed prejudicial, by the competent authority designated by law. The authority issuing the seizure order shall notify the competent judge of its decision within twenty-four hours. The judge shall decide on the matter within three days.
Provisions regulating the use of means of disseminating information and ideas shall hot be interpreted as a restriction of freedom of expression and dissemination unless they prevent the dissemination of information and thought.
#AceWorldNews – ISTANBUL – March 31 – Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory for his party in local elections, and vowed that his enemies would “pay the price”(BBC)
Mr Erdogan’s government has been accused of authoritarianism and corruption after a string of scandals.
The local elections, the first vote since mass protests last June, were seen as a barometer of his popularity.
Mr Erdogan was not standing for election but campaigned hard for his Justice and Development Party (AKP).
With over 60% of the votes counted, it was leading the main opposition party 47% to 27%.
Speaking from a balcony at his party’s headquarters in Ankara, Mr Erdogan thanked his supporters.
“You stood up for Turkey’s ideals… for politics, for your party and your prime minister,” he said.
But he warned he would “enter the lair” of enemies who had accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets. “They will pay for this,” he said.
James Reynolds of the BBC News – Istanbul.
If the early results of Turkey’s local elections are confirmed, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will have won six consecutive nationwide polls. He’s done so by maintaining a solid base of support among the working class and the religious. Years ago, Mr Erdogan worked out what may be a simple, unavoidable fact: these two, overlapping groups outnumber Turkey’s liberal, secular elite. Hold on to that large base, and you hold on to power.
In this latest election, Mr Erdogan was helped by the opposition’s failure to unite itself into a single anti-government movement. The opposition may now fear further government moves to assert its power over the judiciary and the internet.
What will Tayyip Erdogan do next? He may choose to run for president when direct elections are held for the first time this summer. But active power resides with the prime minister. Some commentators believe that Mr Erdogan’s AK Party may rewrite its own rules to allow its leader to run for a fourth term of office in 2015.
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#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – March 30 – The BBC’s James Reynolds in Istanbul says the opposition candidate, Mustafa Sarigul, drove around the city in an open-topped bus – throwing out red T-shirts to spectators leaning from their balconies.
Mr Erdogan is himself a former mayor of the city and the vote has become an unofficial referendum on his administration, our correspondent says.
The prime minister lashed out at his political opponents during a series of rallies on Saturday.
“They are all traitors,” he told the crowd in Istanbul.
“Go to the ballot box tomorrow and teach all of them a lesson. Let’s give them an Ottoman slap.”
Mr Erdogan was forced to cancel a number of rallies on Friday on doctors’ orders to rest his voice.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – March 30 – Femen, an exhibitionist feminist activism group founded in Ukraine in 2008, has staged a protest in the Üsküdar district on Istanbul’s Asian side, which is Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s constituency(HurriyetDailyNews)
Hours after announcing plans to stage a protest in one of the conservative neighbourhoods of Istanbul, two Femen members showed up in Üsküdar’s Burhaniye Elementary School. The naked activists, who wrote “Ban Erdogan” on their chests and backs, were quickly detained by police after grabbing and throwing away several ballots(HurriyetDailyNews)
FEMEN (Ukrainian: Фемен) is an exhibitionist feminist protest group founded in Ukraine in 2008. The group is now based in Paris.
The organization became internationally known for organizing controversial topless protests against sex tourism, religious institutions, sexism and other social, national and international topics.
In October 2013 FEMEN had its largest membership in France (30 local activists in January 2013). In October 2012 the organization claimed it had about 40 activists in Ukraine, and another 100 who had joined their protests abroad, as well as twenty thousand of supporters via the social network Vkontakte.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has blasted Twitter and social media in general for spreading rumors and “lies” this weekend as police clashed fought with protests in Istanbul and other cities. Erdogan went so far as calling social media